Preventing fires in the Western Cape



A small uncontrolled fire can quickly spread and become a threat to people’s lives and their property. Fires are common during the December to April period which is why we need to be extra cautious when starting a fire for braaing, lighting a candle, paraffin lamp or any gas appliance such as a stove. Uncontrolled fires also occur in winter months, when there's a need to keep warm.

Fire is everyone’s fight campaign

The Fire is Everyone's Fight campaign contains guidelines for using the posters with learners. It also includes suggestions for activities that reinforce the key fire safety and emergency preparedness messages. Minister Bredell says it’s vital to educate communities about fires and fire prevention and in particular children.

“We have a responsibility to teach children the basics and to act responsibly around fire ourselves. We must continuously talk to our families and friends about the dangers of fire and what to do when it breaks out.”

The idea of the department’s Fire is Everyone's Fight campaign, is to help communities understand that fires can be prevented.  


Some key objectives include: 

  • Reducing fire injuries and deaths in informal settlements.
  • Reducing property loss. 
  • Limiting other residential fire losses. 

Basic Emergencies, Safety and Fire Education (BESAFE) programme

Through the Fire is Everyone’s Fight campaign and the Basic Emergencies, Safety and Fire Education (BESAFE) programme, the aim is to raise awareness among children to create safer homes and communities.

Teachers and fire and life safety educators can use the BESAFE programme for one-to-one, small-group, or classroom instruction. Through this children are encouraged to:

  • practice making safer choices,
  • resisting peer pressure to take dangerous chances, and
  • influence family members to take action to reduce fires.

Read more about the BESAFE programme.


Stop, Drop and Roll

Should your clothes catch alight, make sure you know the Stop, Drop and Rollmethod to prevent the fire from spreading to the rest of your body. 

You’ll need to:

  • immediately stop what you’re doing if your clothing catches on fire,
  • drop to your knees and lie on your stomach,
  • close your eyes and cover your face with your hands to protect yourself from the flames and from inhaling the smoke,
  • roll onto your back and to your front repeatedly until the fire is out, and
  • remove all your burnt clothing and check to see that it’s not still burning.

General safety tips for you and your family

Prevention of fires

In order to prevent fires from starting or spreading, you should:

  • not leave open fires unattended and should use sand to kill the fire,
  • make sure that your home has no illegal electrical connections and that multiplugs are not overloaded, as these can overheat causing sparks and fires,
  • keep the area around your home clear of materials that can start a fire,
  • tell someone who is playing carelessly with fires, matches or lighters to stop, and 
  • know your emergency numbers to report veldfires in your area immediately.

Fires inside your home

  • Warn people inside the house to get out safely.
  • Help people to get out and stay out of harm's way.
  • If there is a lot of smoke, crawl out below the smoke to escape the fire.
  • Where possible, have more than 1 exit from your house, with clear routes to the door.

Smoke alarms

The Western Cape Department of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning has initiated an innovative smoke alarm installation programme for high fire risk communities.

This new smoke alarm installation programme, is a key component of the Fire is Everyone’s Fight campaign, and you can read more about the campaign, or contact your closest local district municipality for more information on availability and costs for these smoke alarm systems.

How to put out a fire without water

A fire needs heat, oxygen and fuel to survive. Without 1 of these elements the fire will die. 

If you don't have access to water or a fire extinguisher in order to put out a fire, you can use other methods such as sand or a wet blanket. If the fire occurs on your kitchen stove, try to smother the fire by placing a lid on top. 

Never use water to kill an electrical fire. It's also handy to keep a bucket of clean sand ready outside your kitchen door, or if possible, a small fire extinguisher. 

Fire safety

General safety rules


  • Keep a well-maintained fire extinguisher in your house and know how to use it.
  • If you have no extinguisher, keep an empty bucket for water or a bucket of sand if possible.
  • If you have a garden hose, keep it rolled up and ready for use in case of a fire.
  • Where possible, have more than one exit from your house.
  • Have an escape plan, and make sure that your whole family knows the plan.
  • Don’t park in the way of a fire hydrant (and remind your neighbours and visitors to do the same).
  • Keep matches and lighters out of children's reach.
  • Cut candles in half to prevent them falling over and use a candle holder.
  • Never leave an open fire – for example around a braai - unattended.
  • Don't let open fires, such as a braai - get too big and out of control.
  • Monitor weather conditions. If the wind is strong, rather put the fire out till the wind dies down.

Outdoor fire safety tips

  • Open fires are a common cause of uncontrolled fires in the Western Cape. It's a good idea not to start a fire when it's hot, dry and especially not when it’s windy. 
  • Check with your local fire department before making fires outside.

On certain days recreational fires will be prohibited, as indicated by the daily fire danger rating.  This rating predicts the expected difficulty involved to put out runaway fires, and the higher the rating, the more dangerous the conditions are.

The rating is your trigger to act, so to stay safe you need to stay aware of the Fire Danger Rating in your area. During the fire season, the Fire Danger Rating will feature in weather forecasts and be broadcast on radio and TV and published in some newspapers.

The South African Weather Service provides a clear indication through its fire danger index map, of areas at risk of veldfires.

Areas marked in red (76 to 100%) are extremely dangerous and areas that marked in blue (0 to 20%) are considered safe.

Braai safety tips

  • Children should never be allowed to start a gas or wood braai or play near the braai area.
  • Keep a braai well away from any surrounding vegetation or flammable materials, structures as well as children and pets.
  • Protect yourself by wearing a heavy apron and an oven mitt that fits high up over your forearm.
  • Always wear short sleeve shirts or roll your sleeves up when braaing.
  • Never use a portable braai indoors, besides the danger of causing a fire in your home, it can also cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Never use a flammable liquid (for example: petrol, paraffin) to start a braai fire. Only use paper, kindling or store bought fire-lighters.
  • Never use any kind of fuel to re-ignite or build up a fire-this is a dangerous practice.
  • Soak the coals of a dead fire with water before you discard them, as coal can retain heat for long periods of time. 
  • If you have a gas braai, always store the gas cylinder outside and make sure that the valve is not leaking by ensuring that it is properly turned off when not in use.
  • Before lighting a gas braai, check all connections with soap bubbles (use a soap and water solution). If bubbles appear at any connection when opening the valve, a qualified LP gas specialist must repair the leak before you continue to use the gas cylinder.

Campfire safety tips: 

  • Only use designated fire places and facilities in parks and recreation sites - they're designed to contain your fire in a controlled space.
  • Children must never be allowed to make a fire without adult supervision.
  • Never leave a burning or smouldering fire unattended.
  • Never use candles, matches or gas stoves in a tent; it can burn within minutes trapping its occupants inside.
  • Place your tent upwind and well away from a fire.
  • Have a large container of water and a spade handy.
  • When leaving the site or going to sleep, soak the fire with water and stir sand into the ashes or coals until every spark is out. Be careful of the hot steam and splashes when the water comes into contact with the coals.

Fire is Everyone's Fight Radio Ad (Eng).

Fire is Everyone's Fight Radio Ad (Afr).

Fire is Everyone's Fight Radio Ad (Xhosa).




Organ donation in South Africa

Organ donor info

More than 500 000 people die in South Africa every year of which 12% are due to violence, motor vehicle accidents and unnatural head injuries. By comparison, less than 300 transplants are performed annually of which skin donation is a small fraction.

The reality is that organ and tissue donation is a simple choice that will cost you nothing but a few minutes of your time to register. Organ transplants are undertaken in both government and private hospitals in the Western Cape, and currently heart, kidney, cornea and liver transplants are carried out at the following government hospitals: 

  • Groote Schuur Hospital
  • Red Cross Children's Hospital
  • Tygerberg Hospital
  • George Hospital

7 Questions about organ donation answered​

  1. Who can be an organ / tissue donor?

You can become a donor if:

  • you’re under the age 70,
  • you’re in good health, and
  • if you’re clear of any predefined chronic diseases that might cause further health complications for the recipient(s). 
  1. Can I donate an organ / tissue while I'm alive?

Yes, in some cases. Live donations, such as a kidney transplants, are often done between family members, because the blood groups and tissue types are more compatible which ensures a high success rate.

  1. Which organs can be transplanted?

Your heart, liver and pancreas can save 3 lives and your kidneys and lungs can help up to 4 people.

  1. Which tissues can be transplanted?

You can help up to 50 people by donating your corneas, skin, bone and heart valves.  

  1. What's the difference between an organ and a tissue donor?

The concept is the same: A person decides that after his / her own death, someone else should benefit from healthy organs and tissue through transplantation – rather than it going to the grave with the rest of their body.

Organs are retrieved when a patient is brain stem dead, still in hospital and mechanically supported on a ventilator. Few people's circumstances in death actually come to this point.

  1. Can I agree to donate only some organs or tissue and not others?

Yes, please inform your family which organs / tissue you don’t wish to donate.

  1. How long after death do the organs / tissue have to be removed?

It’s essential that organs / tissue are removed as soon as possible after brain death in order to ensure successful transplantation. Brain death has to be certified by 2 independent doctors.

If you want to find out more about organ donation, visit the frequently asked questions (FAQs) section on the website of the Organ Donation Foundation.

Registering as a donor

You can register as an organ donor by:

Once you’ve been successfully registered, the Organ Donor Foundation will send you an organ donor card to carry in your wallet as well as stickers to stick on your ID book and driver’s licence to make your intentions known in case of an emergency.

Giving consent

The most important thing is to talk to your family.  Inform them of your wish to become an organ donor, as your organs can’t be procured for transplantation without consent from your next of kin.

Parents need to give written consent if they give permission for their babies, toddlers and teenagers younger than 18 to be organ donors.

Watch the Organ Donor Foundation television advertisement

Other important links:

Mandela Day
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) outbreak in South Africa

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was confirmed in a broiler breeder site in Mpumalanga.  Although an initial ban on the sale of live cull birds was put in place by DAFF, this ban has been conditionally lifted and the Director Animal Health has authorised the Poultry Disease Management Agency (PDMA) to register and keep records of all parties selling and buying live chickens. With regard to the registration process for the selling of live chickens, please download the relevant procedural manual and forms here.

Let's build your business together!

Get your small business off the ground

Business licence

Small businesses are the engine room of the province's economy and starting one can be both exhilarating and daunting at the same time. The Western Cape Government understands that entrepreneurship and small business start-ups are vital to the growth of the province and the South African economy, and many career opportunities exist for you if you want to start your own small businesses. 

The following services from the Department of Economic Development and Tourism are available to entrepreneurs, to support you in the venture of getting your business off the ground.

Enterprise Development Unit

Through its Enterprise Development Unit, the Department of Economic Development and Tourism offers a suite of services and support programmes to develop and grow small business in the Western Cape. 

The unit’s objective is to facilitate engagements between relevant stakeholders to ensure demand-led support intervention and to develop and grow small businesses through enhanced access to financial and non-financial support. Find out what support and services are on offer at the unit. 

Emerging Business Support

The Department of Economic Development and Tourism in partnership with Absa Bank will be rolling out a programme centered around providing business owners with core business knowledge and skills which form the basis of a successful business.

The information and skills set provided to small, medium and micro enterprise owners through this intervention will contribute to building the growth, viability and sustainability of your business.

Agri-processing Supplier Development

Get the support you need to grow your Agri-processing business. Apply before 30 June 2017.

Investment Readiness Programme

The Investment Readiness Programme is designed for entrepreneurs/business that:

  • are registered and trading for a minimum of 3 years.
  • are Tax compliant or must have submitted an application to SARS.
  • have viable revenues, are cash positive and profitable.
  • are able to produce at least 3 years annual financial statements (signed off).

Call for applications: 2017 form.

Premier’s Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards

The PERA competition is in its fifth year and still growing with a vision to create a vibrant, innovative and sustainable economy. 


Starting Your Own Business2





How you can get your property title deed

Title Deeds: Proof of Property Ownership

If you're planning to buy a new property, you'll need to get the title deed transferred into your name to prove that you're the owner of the property. You'll need the assistance of a lawyer specialising in property transfers (also known as a conveyancer) to help you transfer the title deed into your name. What You Need to Know about Title Deeds

You'll only become the owner of the property when the Registrar of Deeds signs the transfer. After it's been signed, a copy of the title deed is kept at the Deeds Office  closest to you.

The deeds registry is open to any member of the public to also access information about:

  • The registered owner of a property.
  • The rules surrounding a particular property.
  • Interdicts and contracts involving the property.
  • The purchase price of the property.
  • Rules of a sectional title scheme.
  • A copy of an antenuptial contract, deeds of servitude, mortgage bonds, etc.
  • A copy of a sectional title plan or the rules of a Sectional Title Scheme (note: this is not a certified copy, merely a copy for information purposes).
  • Township establishment conditions.
  • Information relating to a property or deed.
  • Information relating to the tracking of a deed through the registration process.

Before you can obtain information from the deeds registry, have the following ready:

  • The full names and/or identity number of the owner of property, or at least his or her date of birth.
    • In the case of a community or an association of people, the name and registration number, if available, is necessary.
  • The correct erf number and township or farm name and number, not the street address.
    • In the case of a sectional title scheme, the section and the scheme name are required.

To obtain a copy of a deed or document from a deeds registry, you must: 

  • Go to any deeds office (deeds registries may not give out information acting on a letter or a telephone call).
  • Go to the information desk, where an official will help you complete a prescribed form and explain the procedure.
  • Request a data typist to do a search on the property, pay the required fee at the cashier's office and take the receipt back to the official at the information desk. 

    Before you can get the keys to your new house, you need a title deed

  • The receipt number will be allocated to your copy of title.
  • Note: Online searches for title deeds are also possible, via DeedsWeb, which is the National Department of Rural Development and Land Reform's official site for the supply of deeds registration information.

How long does it take? 

A search may take 30 to 60 minutes. In some of the larger offices, the copy of a deed is posted or it must be collected after a certain period of time.

How much does it cost?

  • Copy of antenuptial contract or deed for information purposes: R58
  • Copy of a document: R8 per page.
  • Copy of township's establishment conditions: R8 per page.
  • For an enquiry relating to a person, property or deed: R8 per enquiry (this is supplied in the form of a computer printout).
  • For the supply of registration information in respect of a series of properties: R8 per property.
  • For a deeds office tracking system enquiry: R8 per enquiry (this is supplied in the form of a computer printout).
  • For any unattended continuous search for information for each hour or part thereof: R20
  • For any enquiry not specially provided for, a fee to be fixed by the registrar, provided the minimum fee shall be R8

    Note: Cash payments only.

For more information, please contact:

You will need to obtain a title deed even if you buy an apartment

Kasavel Pillay

  • Tel: 021 464 7600
  • Fax: 021 464 7727 

Physical Address:

New Revenue Building
90 Plein Street
Cape Town

Postal Address:

Registrar of Deeds, Cape Town
Private Bag X9073
Cape Town

Youth Month 2017

This year marks the 41 year anniversary of the Soweto Uprising on 16 June 1976, when 15 000 students gathered outside the Orlando West Secondary School, to participate in a peaceful march against the use of Afrikaans in their classrooms.

Youth Month, and Youth Day, pays tribute to the school pupils who lost their lives during the 1976 uprising in Soweto under the national theme:“The Year of OR Tambo: Advancing Youth Economic Participation.”

This Youth Month our government will highlight all the available opportunities we provide for our youth, educating young people about their history and heritage, while inspiring youth to get involved and to help them realise their role towards social cohesion and nation-building.

Watch what our young people will be doing to uplift their communities

Let's help shape the future for our youth

While the youth of 1976 fought against the system of the apartheid government, our youth of today face new challenges.

High levels of unemployment and poverty are serious challenges, but a better future is possible if we take small steps together.

Investing in our youth

Our budget for the 2017/18 financial year prioritises the development of youth in the Western Cape. Western Cape Minister of Finance Dr Ivan Meyer said that "our continued investment in improving education outcomes and opportunities for youth development is an investment in people which is an investment in growth and prosperity. "

The Western Cape Government’s Youth Development Strategy (YDS) takes on a whole-of-society approach and guides the programmes aimed at young people in our province. Our goal is to equip youth with the skills and tools needed to lead a life of value, and is based on 5 pillars, including:

  • strengthening families,
  • improving education and training,
  • increasing access to economic opportunities,
  • giving  youth a positive sense of belonging, and
  • providing effective services and support to reconnect to society.

An integrated approach to youth development

Read more about the various programmes and initiatives we've put in place to help our youth reach their full potential.

Youth Cafés

The YDS has opened the way for  projects like our Youth Cafés which offer skills development programmes. 

MOD Programme

The Mass participation; Opportunity and access; Development and growth (MOD) Programme aims to create a socially inclusive, creative and active Western Cape.

Year Beyond 

Apply for this programme if you’d like to tutor primary and high school learners. Year Beyond is an educational outreach programme that aims to assist underperforming schools, while giving you the opportunity to gain new skills.

Premier’s Advancement of Youth (PAY) project

Started by Premier Helen Zille, this project aims to provide recent matriculants with the opportunity to gain workplace experience in the Western Cape Government.


Explore the education apps, videos, eBooks and online courses available on our ePortal will improve your grades and help you realise your full potential.

Bursaries and learnerships

From engineering to accounting, use this page to find a bursary and kick start your future.

National Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP)

This programme aims to reduce poverty and unemployment by providing temporary work, an allowance and training. EPWP beneficiaries work in various places in the districts of the Western Cape, changing their young lives for the better.

Youth Camps

The Youth Camps aim to open opportunities for networking, social inclusivity and the mass participation of youth to work better together to redress the challenges young people face on a daily basis. The Youth Camp programmes comprised of leadership, social inclusion and character building exercises.

Join the conversation on Twitter @GovernmentZA and @GCISMedia using the #YouthMonth and #YouthDay.

Apply for a bursary in the engineering field!

The name Masakh’iSizwe comes from the Nguni languages and means “Let’s Build the Nation”. It aims to develop the nation through education and training.

About Masakh'iSizwe

Masak poster


The Department of Transport and Public Works established the Masakh’iSizwe Bursary Programme in 2006. It partnered with higher education institutions (HEI), non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the relevant professional bodies to develop professionals in engineering and the built environment fields by offering bursaries to study towards a degree or higher diploma in the following disciplines:

  • Property studies
  • Transport economics
  • Transportation engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Electrical and/or electronic engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Construction management
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Quantity surveying
  • Town/City and regional planning
  • Architecture, etc.

The Masakh’iSizwe Bursary Programme:

  • Prioritises financially disadvantaged learners when awarding bursaries, especially women, students with disabilities and learners from rural communities.
  • Provides support services programmes.
  • Secures learning opportunities for Masakh’iSizwe bursars (i.e. interns).
  • Secures employment opportunities for graduates.
Guiding principles
Bursary application
Student support
Bursary awards ceremony 2017
Important links


Address for the Masakh'iSizwe Bursary Programme:

  • Physical: Room 5-18, Fifth Floor, 9 Dorp Street, Cape Town, 8001
  • Postal: Private Bag X9185, Cape Town, 8000

For more information contact:

Lee Maggott
Project Administrator
Tel: 021 483 9545
Fax: 021 483 2615
Twitter: @WCGovTPW

Sign up to give blood during National Blood Donor Week

Save a life by donating blood

Did you know June is Blood Donor month? This year the campaign will focus on blood donation in emergencies under the them: “What can I do?” with the secondary message: “Give blood. Give now. Give often.”

Western Cape Blood donations

Blood can’t be artificially manufactured, therefore blood donation services such as the Western Province Blood Transfusion Service (WPBTS) relies completely on voluntary blood donors and encourages all eligible donors to donate. 

“There’s a need for new blood donors because the Western Cape has a population of about 6.2 million people, but less than 1.5% donates blood,”  said Marlize van der Merwe, WPBTS Spokesperson.  

World Blood Donor Day is commemorated annually on 14 June in a global celebration of the millions of people throughout the world who give their blood on a voluntary, unpaid basis to save the lives of those in need.

6 Reasons why you should donate blood 

According to WPBTS there are many good reasons to donate blood which include:

1.Blood saves lives

Every unit of blood donated can be separated into its basic parts and used to help improve and save the lives of up to 4 recipients.

2.There’s no substitute

There’s no known substitute for blood and it can’t be replicated due to its complexity.

3.Blood is in short supply

The need for blood is unpredictable, which means that we’re always 1 day away from running out. While 75% of our population are potential recipients, less than 1.2% are donors, and only approximately 16 000 donors give blood more than 4 times a year.

4.It's a good cause

Giving doesn’t get much better than this.

5.You could be next

It's not a nice thing to consider, but the fact is that you, a close friend, or a family member could well be the next car accident victim or surgery candidate requiring a transfusion.

6.The process is safe and quick

Sterile, disposable equipment is always used, so there’s no risk of infection. The entire process takes just 20 minutes, after which you can resume your daily activities. And finally, you won’t even miss the one unit (475 ml) of blood donated, because it’s quickly reproduced and replaced by your body.


You can donate blood if you:

  • are between 16 and 65 years old,
  • weigh at least 50kg,
  • medically healthy,
  • Man donating blood lead a safe lifestyle, and
  • love helping others.

What you can expect when you donate blood 

The WPBTS provides a guide to help you understand the process:

  • Check that you meet the donor criteria and double-check when you shouldn't donate blood.
  • Eat a substantial meal 3 to 4 hours before heading off to the donation clinic.
  • Increase your fluid intake on the day, both before and after giving blood.
  • Take your ID or donor ID card.
  • Register and fill out a confidential donor questionnaire.
  • The nurse will test your iron levels and blood pressure.
  • The nurse will then insert a needle into your arm and begin the process.

In an attempt to increase awareness of National Blood Donor Month, World Blood Donor Day, general blood donation and blood safety, WPBTS will be hosting a road show with our big red blood bus, the Blood Buzz. 

“June is National Blood Donor Month, which gives WPBTS an opportunity to recognise and thank its remarkable donors for the role they play in ensuring a safe and sustainable blood supply,” said Marlize van der Merwe.

Visit any one of the permanent donation clinics to donate blood or to find out more information:

  • 22 Long Street, Cape Town CBD, open Mondays to Fridays from 8:30am to 4:30pm.
  • N1 City Mall, Goodwood, open Mondays to Fridays from 10am to 6pm; Saturdays from 9am to 3pm and Sundays and Public Holidays from 9am to 12pm.
  • Blue Route Mall, Tokai, open Mondays to Fridays from 10am to 6pm; Saturdays from 9am to 3pm and Sundays and Public Holidays from 9am to 12pm

Have a look at the alternative clinics on the WPBTS website

While donors from all blood groups and communities are important, there is a particular need for donors with blood types O to donate regularly as stocks of these are more vulnerable to shortfalls.  There is also a need for more black African people to become blood donors to reflect the ethnic diversity of patients.

For more information, SMS “Blood” to 33507 and WPBTS will call you back with information on where to donate.  You can also call (021) 507 6300 or  email 

Don’t forget to “like” WPBTS on Facebook (WP Blood) or follow them on Twitter (@WPBlood)  for interesting facts and blood stock updates.

Breaking down the myths
Here are 10 things you may have thought were true about donating blood and the facts:

Myth: “I’ll get HIV/Aids when I donate blood.”
Fact:  You can’t get HIV/Aids when you donate blood. Healthcare workers ensure that needles are new and sterile. If however, you’re  involved in risky sexual behaviour, you won't be able to donate blood immediately. Tests will also be done to determine if you can donate blood and you'll need to wait for a period of time.

Myth: “I can’t donate blood if I have a tattoo, body piercing, ear piercing or permanent make-up applied.”
Fact: You can only donate blood 6 months after you get your piercing, tattoo or permanent make-up.

Myth: “I can’t use medication before giving blood.”
Fact: If you’re using medication, there is no waiting period. If you’re donating platelets (forms part of your blood) there is a 7 day waiting period before you can donate blood.

Myth: “Pregnant women can donate blood.”
Fact:  Pregnant women can’t donate blood. Nursing mothers can only donate blood 6 months after the baby’s birth.

Myth: “I can only donate blood when I’m 18.”
Fact: You can donate blood if you’re healthy, weigh at least 50kg and are between the ages of 16 – 65.

Myth: “I’ll be in a lot of pain after I’ve donated blood.”
Fact: You may experience some pain afterwards, but shouldn’t  experience any pain during the process.

Myth: “Only certain races can donate blood.”
Fact: Our province has never used any racial profiling policies for blood donations. You can donate blood as long as you meet the donation criteria.

Myth: “I can’t eat before I donate blood.”
Fact: You should eat at least 3 to 4 hours before you donate blood.

Myth: “The donation process takes all day and I may need a day off from work.”
Fact: The entire process will take only 30 minutes of your time.

Myth: “The health care worker will draw a lot of blood and I’ll  be sick after the process.”
Fact:  You’ll  donate approximately 475ml of blood and should not feel sick after donating blood. If you feel dizzy, you can lie down or sit with your head on your knees.

Watch our blood donor video

A talk by Jonathan M Code at Spier

This talk would be of special interest to those interested in working on the land as a vocation, school leavers and parents.

"...the interests of agriculture are bound up with the broadest spheres of human life.... there is parctically no field of human endeavour that does not relate to agriculture in some way.  Seen from whatever perspective you choose, agriculture touches on every single aspect of human life."  extract from "The Agricultural Course". R. Steiner, July 1924.

Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute: Open Day

The Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute (EATI) will be hosting an Open Day on Saturday, 3 June 2017 at the Percheron Hall at Elsenburg.  The Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute is situated on the beautiful research farm, Elsenburg, approximately 12km outside of Stellenbosch and 50km from Cape Town.  The event will be open from 9am until 3pm and the entrance is free.

How to find us

  • Muldersvlei Road, Elsenburg, 7607
  • GPS Co-ordinates Elsenburg : 33.845259 S    18.834722  E
  • See map below


  • Percheron Hall is wheelchair friendly
  • A shuttle will be available at Muldersvlei station every hour as from 8:30am until 2pm

Food and drink arrangements

  • Food and drinks vendors will be on site
  • Halaal snacks will be available to purchase 

Where can I park?

  • Parking will be available on site at the college

Prizes on offer

  • Various prizes will be up for grabs
  • Prizes will be drawn at 11am and 1pm
  • Please register at information kiosk to be eligible for a prize

Activities in Percheron Hall

Prospective students and parents can interact with the various faculties and programmes:

  • Vegetable Production & Agronomy (Agronomy, Grains, Vegetable Production).
  • Horticulture (Cultivation of Deciduous Fruits, Citrus Cultivation and Pests and Diseases of Deciduous Fruits).
  • Animal Production (Dairy cattle, Small Stock Science, Small stock breeding, Wool and Meat Science, Animal Nutrition, Aquaculture).
  • Viticulture & Oenology (Introduction to Viticulture, Wine grape cultivation, Integrated production of wine and Table and Raisin Grape cultivation).
  • Business Science (Agribusiness Management, Computer Practice) .
  • Basic Science (Soil formation and physics, Chemical properties of soil, Mathematical calculations, Engineering, Irrigation, Calibration, Biology).
  • Extension (Communication for innovation, Farming Systems and Sustainable Livelihoods, Group approach in Extension).
  • University of Stellenbosch:  AgriScience Faculty (application to B.Agric).
  • Further Education and Training (Learnerships & Short Skills courses).
  • Student Life (SRC, sports, societies).
  • Student Affairs (admission requirements, application process, hostel placement).
  • External Development Initiatives (bursaries, internships, Young Professional Persons Programme).

Computers will be available where students can complete online applications (only Degree course).  Applications for Higher Certificate and Learnership must be completed manually.

Programme for the day
Faculty Tour Programme:  (transport will be provided from Percheron Hall to different sections)


10am - 11am
Cellar / Vegetable and Horticulture / Dairy and Equestrian/horse jumping

11am- 12pm
Cellar / Vegetable and Horticulture / Dairy and Equestrian/horse jumping

12pm - 1pm
Cellar / Vegetable and Horticulture / Dairy and Equestrian/horse jumping

1pm - 2pm
Cellar / Vegetable and Horticulture / Dairy and Equestrian/horse jumping

2pm - 3pm
Cellar / Vegetable and Horticulture / Dairy and Equestrian

Tel:  021 808 7700


Female Entrepreneur of the Year

To enter for the Western Cape Female Entrepreneur Award, click here.

Do your part to help us save water together

How to manage water restrictions at your home


Water awareness

Poor rainfall, extremely low dam levels, as well as a hot and dry summer season, has increased need to continuously save water. For us to make sure that we have enough water available in our dams for everyone in our province, we all need to do our part to use water sparingly and adhere to the water restrictions which are in place.

Revised water restrictions

As from 1 February 2017, the City of Cape Town has implemented level 3B water restrictions, while Beaufort West Municipality has upgraded their water restrictions to level 3. These stricter water restrictions come as a result of not enough water being saved in these regions.

We can only achieve our water saving targets together. Every citizen must be water conscious, and determine the importance of their water needs in relation to the water shortages. If you have any questions about water restrictions in your area, you can contact your local municipality

The difference between level 3 and level 3B water restrictions

Level 3 Level 3B
Watering/irrigation (with drinking water from municipal supply) of gardens, lawns, flower beds and other plants, vegetable gardens, sports fields, parks and other open spaces is allowed only if using a bucket or watering can. No use of hosepipes or automatic sprinkler systems is allowed. Watering times are not restricted, however, residents are urged to limit their watering to the mornings and evenings.  Watering/irrigation (with municipal drinking water) of flower beds, lawns, vegetables and other plants, sports fields, parks and other open spaces is allowed only on Tuesdays and Saturdays before 9am or after 6pm for a maximum of 1 hour per day per property and only if using a bucket or watering can. No use of hosepipes or any sprinkler systems allowed.
No watering/irrigation is allowed within 24 hours of rainfall that provides adequate saturation. Facilities/customers making use of boreholes, treated effluent water, spring water or well-points are not exempt. No watering/irrigation is allowed within 48 hours of rainfall that provides adequate saturation. Facilities/customers making use of boreholes, treated effluent water, spring water or well-points are not exempt.
Washing (using potable water) of vehicles and boats only is allowed if using a bucket. No washing of vehicles or boats using municipal drinking water is allowed at residential/business/industrial properties. Vehicles and boats must be washed with non-potable water or washed at a commercial carwash.


30% Reduction water tariffs 

Where level 3 water restrictions are in place, residents will be charged according to 30% reduction tariffs as from 1 November 2016 to encourage greater water-use efficiency.

For an average domestic household, the difference in rates charges are as follows: 




Level 1

Level 2 

Level 3 

Step 1 (0 < 6 kl)

Per kl




Step 2 (>6 < 10,5 kl)

Per kl




Step 3 (>10,5 < 20 kl)

Per kl




Step 4 (>20 < 35 kl)

Per kl




Step 5 (>35 < 50 kl)

Per kl




Step 6 (>50 kl)

Per kl




Water-saving tips

Water saving tips:

  • You're only allowed to water your garden with a bucket in the morning and eveningPut a bucket in the shower while you're waiting for the water to warm up, and use the water you catch for watering plants.
  • Golf courses, sports facilities, parks, schools, learning institutions, nurseries, users involved in agricultural activitiesusers with historical gardens and customers with special requirements can apply to the Director: Water and Sanitation for exemption to the above. (Visit the City of Cape Town website for the application process.)
  • No watering is allowed within 48 hours of rainfall that provides adequate saturation.(Facilities/users making use of boreholes, treated effluent water, spring water or well points are not exempt.)
  • All wellpoints and boreholes must be registered with the City and used efficiently to avoid wastage and evaporation.(Visit the City of Cape Town website  for moreinformation on registration.)
  • If alternative water sources are utilised, ensure that you display signage which is clearly visible from a public road or street.
  • No hosing down of hard-surfaced or paved areas with potable (drinking) water(except for health purposes) .Users, such as abattoirs, food processing industries, industries using water to prepare for painting or similar treatments, care facilities, animal shelters and other industries or facilities with special needs can apply to the Director: Water and Sanitation for exemption. (Visit the City of Cape Town website for the application process.)
  • Ornamental water features may only be operated with recirculated water.
  • The maximum showerhead flow rate may not exceed 10 litres per minute.
  • Toilet cisterns may not exceed 9,5 litres in capacity.


  • Use buckets to wash your vehicle. Put a bucket in the shower while you're waiting for the water to warm up, and use the water you catch to was your vehicle. 
  • Manual  top-up of swimming pools are  allowed if the pool is fitted with a pool cover to slow down the evaporation of surface water. No automatic top-up systems are allowed.
  • The use of portable play pools is not allowed.

Businesses and public facilities:

  • Commercial car wash businesses must comply with industry best practice norms for the amount of water used per car washed.
  • Informal car washers may only use buckets and not hosepipes.
  • Fitted pool covers must be used for public swimming pools where practically possible.
  • No automatic top-up systems for swimming pools are allowed.
  • Spray parks must be strictly managed to minimise water wastage.
  • All public spaces must install water efficient parts to minimise water use at all taps, showerheads and other plumbing components and must adhere to Water By-law requirements.
  • Golf courses, sports facilities, parks, schools and learning institutions can't establish any new landscaping or sports fields, except if irrigated only with non-potable water.
  • Contract conditions shall apply for any facility supplied with water in terms of special contracts (notarial deeds, water service intermediaries or water service providers) . 

Other restrictions, not detailed above, still apply as stipulated in Schedule 1 of the Water Bylaw, 2010. Please visit the City of Cape Town website for more information on: Know your water regulations.

For queries on water restrictions please send an email to

You can also stay up to date with the water levels of the main dams supplying the Cape metropolitan area.

Here’s what you can do to save water and money

At home:

  • Take shorter showers and turn off the shower while soaping up, then turn it back on to rinse. 
  • Make sure you put a full load into your washing machine and dishwasher before starting a wash cycle. 
  • Cut down the amount of water flushed down the toilet by placing a 2 litre plastic bottle full of water in the water tank (cistern) of your toilet. This could save you up to 7 300 litres of water each year. 
  • When washing dishes by hand, do not leave the water running to rinse dishes. And if you have a double basin, fill one with soapy water and one with clean water to rinse. 
  • Install a system to pump grey water (from the washing machine, basins, shower and bath) to the garden.

In the garden:

  • Plant indigenous plants which can tolerate extreme heat and require little watering.
  • Group plants with the same water needs together, so that you don’t overwater plants with varying water needs.
  • Put a covering layer around trees and plants. Covering will slow evaporation and will also discourage weeds from growing.
  • You are only allowed to water your garden once a day on designated days.
  • The best times to water your garden is at sunrise and sunset. Watering between 9am and 4pm (when the sun is brightest) is not allowed.
  • Water your lawn long enough for the moisture to soak down to the roots. A light sprinkling can evaporate quickly.
  • Plant in the right season. For winter rainfall areas, you will need to plant in autumn and early winter so the plants have a chance to develop their root systems before the dry season. In summer rainfall areas, you can plant in spring and early summer.
  • A dripping tap (one drop per second) could waste up to 30 litres of water an hour, which adds up to 10 000 litres a year.

Water Usage in Public Sector

In the industrial and commercial sector:

  • Define water requirements for your organisation, building or unit of production.
  •  Appoint a person to track water use and identify strengths to build on and weaknesses to rectify.
  •  Ensure that people are aware of  how to report major water losses from leaking or damaged pipes and hoses.
  •  Encourage staff to report dripping taps and leaking toilets.
  •  Reduce the chances of leakage by turning taps off lightly and getting washers replaced when leaks are discovered.

These simple changes can help you save up to 10% on your annual water bill, without drastically changing your lifestyle. 

Educate your children about simple ways to save water  around the home and encourage your colleagues to start saving water at work.



The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) in an effort to help citizens reduce the use of water, started the Drop-the-block campaign. This water-saving method of dropping a plastic block into the toilet cistern helps reduce the volume of water used when you flush your toilet.

Here’s what you need to know about Drop-the-block:

  • The block is made from recycled plastic to prevent erosion and blocking of the toilet.
  • The block is weighed down with sand and displaces up to 2 litres of water.
  • Toilet cisterns hold 9 to 15 litres of clean water which is dispensed with each flush.
  • After dropping the block into the cistern, a household of 4 people who go to the toilet 4 times a day, can save up to 32 litres of water per day.

If you’re interested to know more about the Drop-the-block campaign, read Drop-the-block for more information.

Exemption from water restrictions

We all need to save water and adhere to water restrictions. If however if you need to be exempt from these water restrictions, exemption will be approved in special circumstances.  Please visit the City of Cape Town website to find out how to apply for exemption from water restrictions.

Want to know more?

Read more about water saving tips:

What do you expect from the national budget?

National Budget Speech 2017

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will deliver the national budget speech on 22 February 2017. 

During his speech Minister Gordhan will outline how the national government's plans for spending public money for the next financial year.

What is the budget speech?

The national budget speech is the government's spending plan for the coming financial year. The minister of finance is responsible for allocating money to the government's different objectives and programmes.

Why is the budget speech important?

National Budget Speech 2017

The budget speech is important because it outlines the government's priorities for the next financial year. Budget allocations are a key indicator of the level of importance the government places on certain issues.  

When does it take place?

The national budget speech will be presented by the Minister of Finance on 22 February 2017 in Parliament.

Read the previous Budget Speeches

The 2017 State of the Province Address

​​​​​On Friday, 17 February 2017, Premier Helen Zille delivered the State of the Province Address at the opening of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament. 

Follow the action and get involved in the conversation on Facebook and  Twitter by using #WCSOPA

Read Premier Helen Zille's 2017 State of the Province Address.

What is the State of the Province Address (SoPA)?

  • The State of the Province Address is a speech made by the Premier or provincial head.
  • The event usually marks the official opening of the Provincial Parliament.
  • The speech is delivered in front of members of the provincial executive, including the Speaker, Deputy Speaker and the Secretary.

Who can attend?

  • Ordinary sittings of the provincial parliament are open to the general public, but because of a shortage of space, only invited guests and members of the provincial parliament can attend the event.

Provincial Strategic Plan (PSP)

The State of the Province address will be an opportunity for citizens to get an update regarding the achievement of our vision of an open opportunity society for all as set out in the Western Cape's PSP.

The 5 Provincial Strategic Goals (PSGs) contained in the PSP are:

  1. Create opportunities for growth and jobs
    We're committed to creating an enabling environment to attract investment, grow the economy and create jobs by supporting high growth economic sectors.
  2. Improve education outcomes and opportunities for youth development
    We’re committed to expanding quality education across the province and providing opportunities for youth to realise their full potential.
  3. Increase wellness and safety, and tackle social ills
    We’re committed to addressing health, safety and social ills by supporting healthy communities, a healthy workforce, and healthy families, youth and children.
  4. Enable a resilient, sustainable, quality and inclusive living environment 
    We’re committed to improving urban and rural areas through enhanced management of land, an enhanced climate change plan, and better living conditions for all.
  5. Embed good governance and integrated service delivery through partnerships and spatial alignment 
    We’re committed to delivering good governance and an inclusive society that increases access to information, in partnership with active citizens, business and institutions.

Click on the images below to view the infographics:

SOPA 2017 apprenticeships SOPA 2017 economic-progress-
SOPA 2017 connectivity SOPA 2017Quality Education
SOPA 2017 Small Business SOPA 2017 Land Reform


Read Premier Zille's previous State of the Province Addresses:

Helen Zille SOPA 2017   Helen Zille SOPA 2017

Helen Zille SOPA 2017    Helen Zille SOPA 2017

Helen Zille SOPA 2017    Helen Zille SOPA 2017

Helen Zille SOPA 2017    Helen Zille SOPA 2017

Helen Zille SOPA 2017    Helen Zille SOPA 2017


    State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2017

    President Jacob Zuma  delivered his ninth State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the opening of Parliament on Thursday, 9 February 2017, at 7pm.

    The theme for 2017 is "The Year of Oliver Reginald Tambo: Unity in Action, Together Moving South Africa Forward.” Both Houses of Parliament was present, along with all 9 premiers and special dignitaries.

    What is SONA?

    The speech marks the official opening of parliament for the year and is aimed at informing the nation about what government will be focusing on for the next year. The President will assess our country’s domestic and foreign situation and set out plans to improve the lives of South Africans.

    In his speech, the President will talk about government’s achievements and challenges of the past year and will also present the focus areas for the coming year. These focus areas will set out government’s plans to address various key government programmes. 

    How SONA affects you

    Building a better country involves everyone. During his address in 2014, President Zuma said, “we have to work together as government, business and labour to grow our economy at rates that are above 5% to be able to create the jobs we need”.

    The State of the Nation Address is an opportunity for you to know what government has planned for the year and also an opportunity to get involved.

    State of the Nation Address 2017


    Ostrich Information day and Auction / Volstruis-inligtingsdag en Veiling

    Ostrich Auction

    Horse movement restrictions come into effect today

    The annual ban on the direct movement of horses into the Western Cape’s African Horse Sickness (AHS) Controlled Area zones comes into effect today (1 February 2017).

    Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the movement restrictions, which are imposed every year at this time, meant that all horses entering the province’s AHS Controlled Area from the AHS infected zone, would spend 14 days at an approved stop-over quarantine facility.

    " The high risk AHS season is from 1 February to 30 June. In order to manage the risk, all horses entering the province during these months will be held at an approved facility for a minimum of 14 days.

    “After this period, they will be tested to prove they are free of AHS. This test will take place at a lab approved by the National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Once cleared through this process, the horses will be able to enter the Western Cape’s AHS Controlled Area.”

    Minister Winde added that according to the AHS Control Policy: Movement Control Protocol, all horses entering the AHS Controlled Area, from an AHS Infected Zone, must have been vaccinated within the past two years and not less than 40 days prior to entry.

    Kindly see attached a map of the AHS controlled area and the Standard Operating Procedure for AHS Stop-Over Quarantine.


    For media queries, kindly contact:

    Bronwynne Jooste
    Spokesperson: Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities
    Responsible for Tourism, Economic Development and Agriculture
    Western Cape Government
    142 Long Street, Cape Town

    Tel: 021 483 3550
    Cell: 060 970 4301
    Twitter: bronwynnejooste

    Latest edition of the AgriProbe is now available
    Western Cape's top agricultural employee announced

    Anton Alexander has been named the winner of the 2016 Prestige Agri Worker Awards.

    Alexander hails from the Elgin, Grabouw, Vyeboom and Villiersdorp (EGV&V) region where he works as an HR (human resources) officer at the Ouwerf Farm (Crookes Brothers).

    “Agriculture is more than a job, it is a lifestyle,” commented Alexander, who was named the Western Cape’s top agricultural employee at a gala ceremony that took place at the Nederburg Wine Estate in Paarl on Saturday (5 November 2016) night.

    Alexander has been working at the Ouwerf Farm for the past twenty years. Initially employed as a general worker, he has held different positions, including that of a tractor driver and supervisor, before being promoted to HR officer.

    Alexander hopes his achievement will inspire others: “If we are proud of who we are, it will spill over to the next generation.”

    Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, congratulated Alexander and praised the example he sets for others.

    “Anton is an ambassador for our agriculture sector. He’s making a major contribution to the farm where he works, but he is also dedicated to encouraging young people to enter the sector. By being dedicated to his work, and by learning new skills, he has achieved major progression in his career. I am confident that his success will serve as an inspiration to young agriculturalists.”

    In addition to winning the title of the Western Cape’s Agri Worker of the Year 2016, Alexander also won an iPad Air sponsored by Daleen Turner Consultancy, a R20 000 Shoprite gift voucher, a R60 000 overseas study tour and R20 000 cash sponsored by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture. Alexander also joins the competition’s previous winners as a member of the Minister for Economic Opportunities’ Prestige Agri Worker Forum.

    “Through the Prestige Agri Worker Forum, I am looking forward to working with Anton on growing our sector, especially in encouraging our agri workers to take their careers to new heights,” said Winde.

    The Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards is co-sponsored by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture and Shoprite, Africa’s largest food retailer.

    “Communities are at the core of Shoprite’s business - they are our customers, our employees and of course our suppliers. Agri workers make such an important contribution to South Africa’s economy – these individuals are the reason we’re able to sell quality produce in our supermarkets on a daily basis,” said Dr Johan van Deventer, General Manager at Freshmark (Shoprite’s fruit and vegetable procurement and distribution arm).

    Watch the video here:


    The full list of winners at the 2016 Prestige Agri Worker Awards are below:





    General Worker

    Jakob Frieslaar

    Central Karoo


    Tractor Driver

    Tommie van Rooi


    Kanonkop Wine Estate

    Irrigation Specialist

    André Scheffers



    Technical Operator

    Gert Booysen


    Neethlingshof Wine Estate

    Animal Production

    Tommy Machinga




    Le-Anne Pieterse



    Social Development

    Moira Fourie



    Administrative Personnel

    Franklin Jansen

    Hex Valley

    JS Jordaan Bdry (Edms) Bpk - Jamacajo


    Tumiza Nkanunu


    Steenebrug- Suiderland Farms

    Junior Management

    Charmaine Scholtz


    Ceres Remhoogte

    Middle Management

    Anton Alexander


    Ouwerf (Crookes Brothers)

    Best Potential

    Thandisizwe Eric Mnyango


    Riebeek Cellars

    Best Growing Region

    Central Karoo (2nd consecutive year)


    Anton Alexander

    Anton Alexander, winner of the 2016 Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards


    Anton Alexander and his family.
    Back, from left: Anton and Sophia
    Front, from left: Charney, Anthony and Aylene


    For media queries, kindly contact:

    Bronwynne Jooste
    Spokesperson: Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities
    Responsible for Tourism, Economic Development and Agriculture
    Western Cape Government

    Tel: 021 483 3550
    Cell: 060 970 4301
    Twitter: bronwynnejooste


    Who will be crowned top Agri worker of the Year?

    The Western Cape Department of Agriculture in partnership with Shoprite will be hosting the 2016 Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards on 5 November.  Here is all the regional winners who will be competing for the coveted award.  This year, 1 245 agri workers participated in the competition. Over 9,369 agriculture employees have entered the competition since 2002. 


    2016 National Wetland Awards

    Once again our SRM staff excelled and made us proud.

    At the 2016 National Wetland Awards two of our staff were awarded the winner’s trophy in the category they have entered:

    Hans King: Science and Research

    Hannes Muller: Stewardship


    Congratulations not only to Hans and Hannes, but to all involved in the implementation of the projects that we undertake to protect our wetlands.

    Keep up the good work to protect our valuable natural resources, of which Wetlands is a very important resource.

    Agriculture once again knocks it out of the park at the CPSI Awards

    Latest edition of the Annual Report 2015/16 is now available
    AgriProbe Vol 16 No 1 is now available